New Atkins Shakes Contain Soy

I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and cannot consume soy products.  Other people avoid soy for the same or other reasons, so I was happy to report several years ago that Atkins had removed the soy from their shakes.

My BGL approves, so I usually have an Atkins shake for breakfast every morning.  They are especially convenient when I’m away from home because they don’t need to be refrigerated.  I stockpile the shakes at the beginning of the year when they come in 6 packs to save money.

I recently saw Atkins shakes in the store said they had improved flavors, so I read a label and found the new shakes contain soy.  Bummer!  I mentioned this to Atkins on Facebook (who confirmed all the shakes would have soy) and was encouraged to contact Atkins, so this is what I wrote:

“I and many others cannot have soy products, so I am very disappointed to hear you are adding soy to your shakes again. Please reconsider your decision; as a Type 2 diabetic, Atkins shakes are one of the few things my blood sugar will tolerate in the morning.”

And here is their response:

“We are sorry that you do not care for the newly reformulated product. Atkins is always striving to improve our products and no product is released to the market without extensive blind taste tests to ensure the product is appealing to our consumers. The blind taste tests compare the new formulation against the old and the change is not made if consumers prefer the old formulation.

We do truly appreciate your feedback as a dedicated Atkins user.  Just so you know, I have forwarded your email to our Product and Development Team.

We hope that you will try one of our other bars or shakes to find one that is appealing to you.”

This appears to be a form letter, not even addressing the issue of the soy, so I sent this response:

“My objection to your new shakes has nothing to do with the flavor.  I have thyroid disease, which prohibits me (and many others) from consuming soy.  As long as your shakes contain soy, I will not be trying any of them (or other soy-containing products), no matter how they taste.

I was very happy to report to my online readers and low carb forum members that you had removed soy from your shakes several years ago.  I regret that I will have to report that it has been added again and it’s no longer safe for those of us who have to avoid soy to enjoy Atkins shakes.  I will also have to find another alternative for my breakfasts.”

You may not consume Atkins products, including their shakes, but if you do and object to the soy they are adding, please contact Atkins to let them know there are a lot of us out here who can’t/won’t consume soy.

Atkins Contact Info Online or Email: contactus@atkins.com

Whether or not Atkins rethinks its use of soy, I have my own yummy recipes for breakfast drinks I/we can make:

Fat Fast Coffee Flavor Breakfast Drink
Modified Fat Fast Coffee Flavor Drink
Fat Fast Almond Flavor Drink
Modified Fat Fast Almond Flavor Drink
Modified Fat Fast Egg Nog

Hmmm…  This has me dreaming up new breakfast drink ideas already!

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Cool Down With Snow This Summer

Happy 4th of July!

Celebrate it and other summer days with a cool treat you can enjoy any time of the day.  Since it has zero carbs, you don’t have to wait until a meal time to enjoy it.

I recently bought a snow cone machine and have been using it almost daily during the hot weather.  It’s very easy to make “snow” and a quick way to cool off.

I vary the toppings I use from diet soda and diet “fizzy water” to Sugar-Free Syrups.  There are so many options to try!

I’m heading to my kitchen to make 2 batches right now: one for my husband and one for myself.  YUM!

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2014!

Whether you have a special someone right now or not, you deserve to have a Happy Valentine’s Day!  Do yourself a huge favor and skip the carbs today…  You don’t need them to celebrate.

Many people equate Valentine’s Day with chocolate, including me.  If that’s you, too, here are lots of ideas for having your chocolate and staying healthy, too:

Living Low Carb with Chocolate

Gift Candy Ideas

If chocolate’s not your thing, there are lots of other yummy treats here and at www.DARdreams.com.  Check out these DARdreams recipe photos for more ideas.

Or skip the food treats and treat yourself and/or your Valentine to something special like a movie, massage, flowers, etc.  Or if you’re in a part of the country that has been hit with the latest snowstorm, a good snowball fight!

Whatever you do today, make time for something special and remember that you are loved.  8+)

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How to Lose Weight and Control Diabetes by Eating Low Carb

Lose Weight and Control Diabetes by Eating Low Carb

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DARdreams.com is Now Complete!

Whew!  After 2+ weeks of working many hours most days to get DARdreams.com finished, I can breathe a sigh of relief and report that there are no longer “under construction” messages.  WOO HOO!!!

I reserve the right to edit, update, add to, or otherwise change things in the future, however…  ;+)

My next project is to update all the links here to point to the correct pages on DARdreams.com.  I have already started the process; thank you for your patience if you run across links that still don’t work correctly.  I’m working on them, but there are nearly 500 blog posts to sort through, so it will take awhile.

Update: I have updated all the links here at last.  Whew!

Please check out the completed www.DARdreams.com.  Thank you!

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Low Carb Chocolate Chia Cake Picture

Low Carb Chocolate Chia Cake Picture

Picture of Low Carb Chocolate Chia Cake

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Low Carb Chocolate Chia Cake

This rich, moist little cake is similar to my Low Carb Frosted Chia Brownie.  It is really filling, so it can be 1 or 2 delicious servings.

Low Carb Chocolate Chia Cake

2 tablespoons melted salted butter
1 large egg
1/3 cup powdered erythritol
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder*
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon Fiberfit Liquid
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milled or ground chia seeds

Chocolate Frosting

1 tablespoon melted salted butter
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder*
1 tablespoon powdered erythritol
1 teaspoon Fiberfit Liquid
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/16 teaspoon salt

Grease a small microwave-safe bowl.  Set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, mix cake ingredients well before and after adding chia seeds.  Let sit 10 minutes.

Pour into prepared bowl and microwave on high for 3 minutes and 30 seconds.  Let sit 5 minutes to finish cooking.

Meanwhile, mix frosting ingredients well.  When cake is finished cooking, invert on a saucer and top with frosting.

There are about 8 net carbs in the entire recipe.

* I used Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa Powder in this recipe (not dark cocoa powder).

You can see a Low Carb Chocolate Chia Cake Picture.

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Low Carb Russian Teacakes Picture

Low Carb Russian Teacakes

Picture of Low Carb Russian Teacakes or Low Carb Russian Teacakes 2

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Low Carb Russian Teacakes 2

I recently decided to make my Low Carb Russian Teacakes, but found I was out of vanilla whey protein.  Not to worry…  I had some unflavored whey protein and made this alternative version.  It’s also a smaller batch than my original recipe.

Low Carb Russian Teacakes 2

1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered erythritol (+ extra for coating)
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup unflavored whey protein powder
3/4 cup almond meal
2 tablespoons Wheat Protein Isolate 5000
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 400.  Put a silicone mat on a large cookie sheet & lightly oil.

In a medium bowl, mix butter, erythritol, and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients, then add to butter mixture.  Mix well until dough holds together.

Shape into 1″ balls.  Place on the silicone mat.  These aren’t going to spread, so you can put them fairly close together.

Bake for 8 – 9 minutes, until tops and bottoms are lightly browned.  Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes.

Remove from cookie sheet.  Lightly cover with powdered erythritol while still warm.

Makes 24 cookies.

You can see a picture of Low Carb Russian Teacakes.

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DARdreams.com is Alive!

After a lot of work with much, much more to go, www.DARdreams.com is now a reality!  You can check it out through that direct link now, though the search engines probably won’t find it for awhile yet.

I have a mind-boggling amount of work left to do, but the basics are up and running.  The more I learn about building my website, the more I find out I don’t know.  I try to avoid having to go back and redo things, but I keep learning something new and want to apply it.

Please be patient if you run into “under construction” messages in some places.  But please do check DARdreams.com out and come back later to see things as they are added.

I’m really excited to start this new venture…  My OWN website!  What a way to start a new year!

I wish all of you a wonderful New Year filled with a renewed excitement about your healthy low carb lifestyle.  2014, here we come!

 

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